The benefits of volunteering with Scouts
Volunteering with Scouts can enrich your life – don’t just take our word for it. Over 90% of our volunteers say that their Scout experiences are hugely beneficial:
- Read Scout volunteer John Morris’ inspirational Guardian blog: ‘Volunteering with the Scouts helped me through the most difficult time in my life’ .
- Watch our animated videos: Thinking differently about volunteering .
For some volunteering provides an opportunity to:
- Give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person’s life, either directly or indirectly
- Make a difference to the lives of others
- Help others less fortunate or without a voice
- Feel valued and part of a team
- Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
- Gain confidence and self-esteem
For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:
- Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
- Developing existing skills and knowledge
- Enhancing a CV – More than two thirds of our volunteers say their CVs have been enhanced by joining Scouts. Employers love to see the commitment of volunteers, and through Scouts you can get vital experience in areas like management, administration and activities
- Improving one’s employment prospects
- Gaining an accreditation
- Using one’s professional skills and knowledge to benefit others (usually described as pro bono)
For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:
- Meeting new people and making new friends, a whopping 97% of our volunteers say their involvement has helped them forge new friendships.
- A chance to socialise
- Getting to know the local community
Award winning training:
- We have an award-winning training scheme for our volunteers so you get as much from it as our amazing young people, including practical skills like first aid and transferable skills like communication and leadership.
Boost your potential with employers:
- Competition in the job market is higher than ever, and making your application stand out to potential employers is vital. Most candidates who apply for a job have the required academic and technical skills, so to be successful you need something extra to set yourself apart.This is where Scouting can help. Your time in Scouting, the roles you have held and the experiences you have taken part in will have developed a whole range of skills to impress employers. In a recent Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC) report into the impact of Scouting, 41% of employers said that involvement in Scouting would have a positive influence on their decision to employ applicants. For more information about Scouting and your career; see Get Ahead
- There’s no better feeling than making a difference to communities and transforming the lives of young people. How’s that for job satisfaction?
Barry District Scouts Provides Scouting for young people between 6-25 years old, supported by adult volunteers, spread across various Groups and Explorer Units. We have an excellent reputation for the variety of exciting, fun activities on offer to young people of all abilities and backgrounds as well as the range of opportunities available to adults, both in leadership and support roles.
We operate flexible volunteering, so if you have limited time but are interested in getting involved then please talk to us and we will help you find a role that suits your lifestyle and commitments.
If you would prefer a role providing fun and adventure directly for young people then complete the adult volunteer form and we’ll get in touch to help you find the right role for you.